Newcastle and their boss Alan Pardew have found themselves becoming the butt of a few jokes after the club completed the signing of another French player and lined up two more – not least being renamed Nouveau Chateua and having their logo reimagined.
Pardew has also been reminded of some comments he made about Arsenal during his time as West Ham manager. In 2006, BBC Sport reported:
“I saw a headline saying Arsenal are flying the flag for Britain,” he said.
“I kind of wondered where that British involvement actually was when I looked at their team.
“It’s important that top clubs don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s the English Premier League and English players should be involved.”
Pardew added: “Foreign players have been fantastic. We have learned from them and from foreign coaches.
“But, to some extent, we could lose the soul of British football – the English player.
“We have a young team at West Ham and we are proud we have so many Englishmen.
“The soul of this team will remain with at least three or four English players as long as I am West Ham. I think that’s important, I really do.”
Sammy Ameobi also waded in on the jokes.
He tweeted: “Need to brush up on my French because this is just getting ridiculous lol.”